"I believe that 90% of white-collar jobs in the
US will be either destroyed or altered beyond
recognition in the next 10 to 15 years," wrote Tom
In his article "What will we do for work?" in Time
magazine datelined May 22, 2000, Tom Peters
postulated the following five forces would affect
- Competition as in the destructive nature
of its current flavor, dotcoms.
- Enterprise Software, such as SAP
applications in the guise of nightmarish "white-collar
- Outsourcing work making countries such as
India performing backroom white-collar jobs for
- The Web hooking up B2B e-commerce
squeezing out the middlemen between suppliers and
- Time Compression, what used to take 40
years, now took 4 years, such as getting The Web to
almost every home.
"But [Dilbert]'s a hapless victim too.
Damned if I'm going to be." Tom Peters ended his